American Head Charge- The Art Of War
This album was released in 2001.The album’s name was influenced by a Chinese book called ‘The Art Of War’ and was recorded at ‘The Haunted Studio’s’ in Los Angeles selling over 250,000 copies. I remember the album release also coming with a poster. With the industrial sounds, heavy guitar riffs ,sirens and the most intense screaming vocals coming from Cameron Heacock, you can see why this album is still continuously played to this day. The most popular track’s from the album was ‘Just So You Know’ and my personal favourite the first track ‘A Violent Reaction.
Opeth – Blackwater Park
Swedish progressive death metal outfit Opeth had been moving metal mountains since the release of Orchid in 1995, and delivered what many believe to be the definitive entry in their catalogue in 2001. Paying no mind to any sort of conventions, the songs on Blackwater Park flow like a stream of conscience, transitioning from abrasive to tender and back in the blink of an eye. The distinctive riff work concocts a moving, evocative atmosphere, with Martin Lopez’s breathtaking drumming, equal parts deft and forceful, a rock solid rhythmic linchpin. Mikael Åkerfeldt’s fierce roar has a comforting warmth to it, and his clean vocals aren’t too shabby either, as shown on the acoustic brilliance of “Harvest”. Seemingly impenetrable on first listen, Blackwater Park is an album of limitless depth, with hidden nooks and crannies still to be discovered long after you’ve first heard it.
Converge- Jane Doe
Jane Doe is the greatest break up album ever written. Before you scroll past assuming that this is some sort of overly saccharine, morose, almost whiny collection of songs, stick with me for a second. Jane Doe is a horrible, angry, bleak, nihilistic album. Converge had released albums before this but it’s easy to see why this album is the one that put them on the map as one of the most artistically interesting bands in hardcore, who would go on to inspire the following generations of challenging heavy bands. The core of Jane Doe is built around a combination of wiry mathcore and bleak, crusty, metallic hardcore. Elements of post metal are included throughout as well, but there are many other elements thrown in. It’s not just incredible performances from all the band but the complete package, the artwork is painted by their supremely talented vocalist, Jacob Bannon, and was produced- in part- by guitarist, Kurt Ballou. I’ve tried to refrain from talking too much about the album itself because I believe it’s best experienced for the first time with as few preconceived expectations as possible. Set aside some time and fully immerse yourself.